Uni honour for Dalai Lama’s hero - Richard

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed at the City of Derry Airport on Tuesday morning by Children in Crossfire director Richard Moore. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Derry based international childrens charity this week. Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet as a child in 1972.  Picture Margaret McLaughlin'07711932889   see story

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is welcomed at the City of Derry Airport on Tuesday morning by Children in Crossfire director Richard Moore. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Derry based international childrens charity this week. Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet as a child in 1972. Picture Margaret McLaughlin'07711932889 see story

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The Derry man who the Dalai Lama calls his hero is to be honoured by the University of Ulster.

Children in Crossfire founder Richard Moore, who was shot and blinded by a British soldier as he made his way home from school in 1972, is among a number of public figures set to receive honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster later this year.

Mr Moore, who has since met and befriended the soldier who shot him, will receive a Doctor of Laws (LLD) for his work in promoting reconciliation and as an advocate for children’s rights through his charity.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey last night said Mr Moore was “ a beacon for peace and reconciliation here and abroad for many years” and added “it is fitting that the University honour him in this way.”

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who hosted a visit to India last year by Richard Moore and the soldier who blinded him, Charles Innes, is a patron of Children In Crossfire which supports health, education and children’s advocacy professionals in some of the world’s most deprived and war torn nations.

The graduation ceremonies at the Millennium Forum in July will also see RTE news and current affairs broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan and actress Susan Lynch both receive a Doctor of Letters (DLitt).

The director of Amnesty International UK, Kate Allen will also be honoured with a Doctor of Laws.